Exercise Videos: Do they really work?

by Annie on May 5, 2010 · 8 comments

in Exercise & Injuries

Whenever people find out that exercise exclusively to exercise videos at work, they always ask if the videos work?  Like I said before, it depends on your fitness personality and whether you actually believe that exercise is an important in your life.

Do you like being around people?

For people who know me, they are often surprise that I consider myself an introvert.  I like being around friends and I have no problems talking to strangers, but I often need a few hours of being alone to feel calm.  Exercising along at home by myself fits my personality.  It gives me the alone time I need.

But for my sister, she likes competitive group sports.  Her exercise time includes practicing with friends and playing at tournaments.  She can never workout to an exercise video because it is “too boring.”

I think most people are a mix between exercising with people and exercising alone.  That is ok too.  You can still use exercise videos on those days when you cannot exercise with others.

Do you believe exercise is important in your life?

I believe exercise is vital to my well being.  Without exercise my torn hip labrum and back will ache more often that it does now.  Without exercise I will be hunched over from my aches and pains.  You will be surprise how similar a young person with a bad back look like an old person.  I’ve been there.  I don’t want to go down that memory lane again, especially when I can control the situation by exercising.

If you believe exercise is important, you will find a way to fit it in.  Exercise videos offer the flexibility to fit in exercise at any time for any length of time at your own home.  Can you say that for a gym membership?

But does exercise videos work?

It depends.  Are you going to be like my husband who lies on the sofa making wisecrack remarks while I am doing “girlie” pushups?  Or are you going to actually do the exercise, get sweaty, and slightly breathless?  Exercise videos only work (as in losing weight or getting stronger) if you actually use it consistently over time and adding variation to your routine.

It is just like exercising at the gym.  You have to put in the effort if you want to see results.  There are plenty of women (and men) who have loss a substantial amount of weight from using exercise videos.  You can always check the video fitness forums for inspiration (sadly, I’ve only been a major lurker at the forum for the last few years rather than a contributor to the discussions.).

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

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Craig May 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

I think it’s all about finding what’s right for you. One suggestion is using a virtual gym website, where new video classes are released all the time to add variation but you can do them when and where you want.

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Diane Fit to the Finish May 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I have used videos on and off over the years. I don’t do a gym and feel more comfortable doing a video type workout at home!
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s last blog ..Food That Moves =-.

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Sagan May 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I like what you’ve said about needing to be consistent about it… and actually putting in the EFFORT. It’s easy to slack off when no one”s watching, which is where my problem with exercise videos comes in ;) If I have a trainer or someone else seeing me exercise, I’m more motivated to really work my butt off.

Of course, having someone sitting on the couch to watch my workout would also make me work harder, I think!

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asithi May 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

@Craig – Though you have a valid point, I think it is just easier sometimes to have a handful of good exercise dvds at home that you can just drop into a dvd player without messing with your computer and searching for an online video. Thanks for the comment

@Diane – yep, that is actually what I mean. Work out at home any time you want without the hassle of traveling to a gym. thanks for the comment.

@Sagan – if I have a personal trainer, I think I will work harder too. Unfortunately I have a member of the peanut gallery who is more of a distraction than any thing else. Thanks for the comment.

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Ms. Freeman@Baby Steps of an Internet Entrepreneur May 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Unfortunately I have falling for the infomercial of many-o exercise video. I have every intention of work them when I order them, but once they arrive I just don’t “have the time”. And I’m a certified personal trainer…yikes!

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asithi May 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

Ms. Freeman – Unfortunately exercise videos are not for everyone. Exercising is just like everything in life – it is hard work finding the perfect workout match for your personality and your body. Thanks for the comments.

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